connect with us
Travel & Tourism industry news. A Service by Greek Travel Pages (gtp)
 

HATTA Wins Ruling on Commission Fees

Greece's Competition Commission fined Greece's two biggest airlines, Olympic and Aegean, a total of 210,000 euros for complicity in reducing the commission paid to travel agents, from 9.25 percent to 6.94 percent, on tickets for domestic flights.

Tourism Study Says Sector Prime Future Employer

By 2010 the Greek tourism sector could create some 150,000 new jobs and thus cover 35% of today's unemployed, according to a study released last month by the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE).

Summer Arrivals Offset Earlier Losses

An increase in foreign arrivals during the early part of the summer so far has helped cancel the losses seen in the early part of the year. And in an effort to stem some profiteering, particularly at eating establishments, government inspectors continue to visit tourism...

Tourism Organization Unveils New Logo for 2004

After 144 proposals from 53 participants in the recent call for a new logo from the Hellenic Tourism Organization, executives of the organization selected 28 proposals and of these six were selected for awards.

Hoteliers Upset Over Government’s Refusal To Change Depreciation Rate

Greek hoteliers continue efforts to pressure government quarters to change depreciation rates for tax purposes from 4% to the 8% it was some two years ago. Representatives from Greek Hotel Chamber and the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises say they are very disappointed...

Tourism Resolution For New EU Constitution

European parliamentarian Kostas Hatzidakis recently put forth a resolution for tourism to be included in the European Union's new constitution. The resolution was adopted by the European Parliament Committee for Regional Policy, Transportation and Tourism.

Charter for Athens Convention, Exhibitions and Visitors Bureau Signed

After two years of efforts, four of the country's major tourism organizations got together last month to sign the founding charter of the Athens Convention, Exhibitions and Visitors Bureau (Athens CVB). The founding member organizations included the Hellenic Association of Travel...

Hellenic Tourism Properties Heads for Bourse

The government will float 25 percent of Hellenic Tourism Properties (ETA) by November as part of its state asset sales agenda to reduce debt, eying proceeds of about 150 million euros, ETA officials said during a press conference last month. "The flotation will take place in...

Tourism Organization Promotes Via Internet

The Hellenic Tourism Organization implemented its newest and perhaps most expansive tourism promotional activity recently via the Internet. With the basic aim to inform potential tourists of the country's tourism products, and to promote the same, the organization signed an...

Development Minister Announces Need for National Tourism Promotional Policy

Development Minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos told regional authorities and tourism professionals in Chalkidiki that we needed a national promotional plan for tourism and that we must create a marketing company that would have the responsibility to promote the country's tourism...

A New Tourism Complex for Peloponnesos

Deputy Development Minister Dimitris Georgakopoulos unveiled plans to build a state-of-the-art tourism complex that would include popular alternate forms of tourism such as spa, marine and golf facilities.

New Decree to Ease Sale of Properties for Tourism Development

A presidential decree ready to be signed opens the way for tourism development projects on large land plots by the private sector. Projects would combine hotel resorts and holiday home complexes that would be up for sale or taken on a long-term lease basis, according to recent...

New Investment Bill Introduced

The Greek finance ministry recently introduced a draft bill on investment incentives. The bill contains five points that are significant for the tourism sector. First, investment subsidies for comprehensive plans for refurbishing hotels are revised from 4.5 million euros to 10...

Worst Tourism Season in 30 Years

Greece's tourism enterprises haven't felt such negative pressure in 30 years, says the Hellenic Association of Travel & Tourism Agents. "The negative economic effects experienced thus far have reached dangerous proportions for the future of tourism enterprises," says the...

Olympic Saga to Finish This Fall

One way or another, the government here says a permanent solution to long-lasting problems with state-owned Olympic Airways will be found and implemented before this winter rolls in. So far, according to a business plan leaked to Greek media, a new company, to be named New...

Finally, New Offices for Hellenic Tourism Organization

After numerous decades at its offices in downtown Athens on Amerikis Street, the 52-year-old Hellenic Tourism Organization last month moved to bright, new, modern quarters. It now takes up all seven floors of space within a modern office building on Tshoha Street not far from the...

S.E. European Tourism Ministers Agree to Unite

Tourism ministers from Southeastern Europe met in Athens recently under the initiative of Greece's development minister, Akis Tsohatzopoulos, to sign a tourism cooperation agreement. This followed close on the heels of an agreement signed during the Panorama tourism exhibition by...

Six New Tourism Promotion Programs Announced

The Hellenic Tourism Organization announced six tourism promotional programs worth five million euros where, for the first time, the private sector is invited to participate. Five of the programs, announced earlier this year, are worth 1.5 million euros and will center on...

New Conference & Exhibition Center Ready in 2005

By mid 2005 the Athens Mitropolitiko Conference & Exhibition Center should be open and operating, says Takis Koumanis, president of the Association of Greek Organizers of Exhibitions and Conferences. He suggests that the total cost of the project would reach 146 million euros.

POET Holds General Meeting

Leading members of Greece's tourism community attended the recent general meeting of the Panhellenic Federation of Tourism Enterprises (POET) held in Athens.